Learn@UW - Impersonating Students in a Course

This document explains how an instructor can impersonate students in a Learn@UW course as well as why an instructor may not be able to do so.

If you have permission to impersonate students enrolled in your course, you may do so by performing the following:

  1. Select the Classlist tool.

  2. In the table of course participants, select Impersonate from the drop-down by the student you wish to impersonate. (If the option is not there, you do not have permission to impersonate students on your Learn@UW instance.)

  3. You will receive a Confirmation pop-up message to impersonate the participant.  Click Yes to continue.  This will log you in as that student.  The student's name is displayed by a drop-down at the right of the minibar.

  4. To log out as that student and log in as yourself, click on the X in the upper right corner from the drop-down at the right of the minibar.

Note: If you are unable to impersonate students on your Learn@UW instance, possible causes are:

  • The course has a future start date, a past end date, or is inactive. This is because you cannot impersonate students if they do not currently have access to the course.

  • You do not have permission to impersonate students. Whether or not instructors have been granted permission to impersonate students on your Learn@UW instance depends upon policies established at your campus. If you are at UW-Madison, please contact the DoIT Help Desk for assistance. Otherwise, contact your campus help desk.

  • You do not have permission to impersonate students who are enrolled as instructors in another course. If you can impersonate students in general, you will receive the message:

    You do not have sufficient permission to impersonate this user; they are enrolled with a higher access level in other areas of the organization.

    If you are at UW-Madison, please contact the DoIT Help Desk for assistance. Otherwise, contact your campus help desk.




Keywords:brightspace learn@uw learnuw d2l desire2learn instructor impersonate permission student classlist course Help Desk   Doc ID:2404
Owner:Joan W.Group:Learn@UW Utility
Created:2003-10-29 19:00 CDTUpdated:2016-05-24 14:31 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store, Learn@UW Madison, Learn@UW Utility
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